Everything you need to know about the National 24 Hour Challenge!
Registration is now open for the 38th annual National 24-Hour Challenge on June 19-20, 2021. Have you accepted the challenge? Over 100 riders can’t be wrong – they have already accepted the challenge and registered for the 2021 National 24 Hour Challenge.
This year, all registrations must be made through register.24hr.bike. Registration closes at 6 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 18, 2021.
We are asking all riders who rolled over their registration from 2020 to visit register.24hr.bike to verify your information and make sure we have the correct information for you.
We encourage anyone who wants Support Team services to register soon as we have a limited number of openings and the Support Team services will sell-out.
We are excited to be planning for the 2021 National 24 Hour Challenge and are optimistically looking forward to June 19-20, 2021. Over the past couple of weeks, we have received questions from riders, crews, and volunteers related to COVID-19.
Realistically, we must plan for the impact of COVID-19 on the event this year. Our preparations will be shaped by the guidelines, restrictions, and requirements imposed by four organizations.
First, we will be following the recommendations and guidance of the CDC for holding a safe event. You can find the current CDC guidance on holding an event on this website. We will continue to monitor their recommendations and advice as we get closer to the event.
Second, we will be subject to the legal restrictions imposed by the State of Michigan. We continue to monitor the MDHHS Epidemic Orders issued by the state on a fairly regular basis as conditions change. These orders from the State of Michigan will have the most influence on the event as they include restrictions on how many people we can have in indoor and outdoor gatherings and the types of services and events that can be held.
Third, we will need to meet all requirements of our checkpoint and event locations. Our headquarters at Thornapple-Kellogg Middle School is operated by Thornapple-Kellogg Schools, and our checkpoint at Delton Kellogg High School is operated by Delton Kellogg Schools. While we have filed the necessary paperwork to reserve these facilities on June 19-20, 2021, we will be subject to all requirements they have in place at that time.
Fourth, we will need to meet all requirements specified by our insurance carrier. Our insurance carrier requires us to use an approved release form and document all accidents during the event. Our planning for the event will also be influenced by any additional requirements our insurance carrier mandates related to COVID-19.
The 2021 National 24 Hour Challenge will reflect the guidelines, restrictions, and requirements of these organizations.
We know a lot of you have questions on issues such as masks and face coverings, testing, vaccinations, social distancing, etc. The board met last weekend to discuss these COVID-19 issues. We determined that it is impossible to decide on how the event will be operated in June as we expect continuing changes in the guidelines, restrictions, and requirements. The board believes it is prudent to utilize the most up-to-date information to make decisions.
The board of directors will be meeting in April to determine how we will comply with the guidelines, restrictions, and requirements in place at that time to hold a safe event for everyone – riders, crews, volunteers, and spectators.
We appreciate your understanding. The board is committed to holding a safe event. Our planning continues with the expectation of holding the 2021 National 24 Hour Challenge and doing so safely.
For years, we have all enjoyed the incredible photography of Chris Cavaliere, our National 24 Hour Challenge photographer. If you haven’t looked – go check out his amazing photos on our website.
This year, Chris has decided to once again ride the National 24 Hour Challenge. We are looking for a photographer who can capture in pictures the energy and spirit of the National 24 Hour Challenge.
Drop us an email at National24Hour@gmail.com and let us know if you are interested in being our next photographer, or you want to suggest someone who could be our next photographer.
Chris has always donated his time to be our official photographer. We have reimbursed some expenses related to photography in the past, but our funds are limited as this is not an expense we had budgeted for this year.
We are thrilled to welcome Eric Overton to the National 24 Hour Challenge Board of Directors. Eric has ridden the National 24 Hour Challenge 17 times between 2001 and 2019, and racked up total mileage of 4,701.8 miles. He has recruited many new riders to the event and will be a great representative of current riders on the board. As a nonprofit organization, we appreciate Eric’s service on the board.
On behalf of our board of directors and over 150 volunteers, we are looking forward to having you join us and several hundred of your cycling friends on June 19-20, 2021! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please call or shoot me an email.
Email us at: National24Hour@gmail.com or call (616) 953-0234.
Look for our next issue of All About the Challenge on February 19th!
Gary Goscenski, Executive Director